Maungdaw. Arakan State: Hluntin robbed a shop of Rohingya Muslim in Maungdaw Township, at about 10:00 pm, on August 9. Recently, Hluntin (riot police) is deployed in place of Nasaka (Burma border security force), said a police aide preferring not to be named.
“A group of Hluntin numbering in five from Powet Chaung village tract who have been giving guard to the Rakhine Natala village, went to the Thay Chaung village of Pwet Chaung village tract of Maungdaw north and robbed the shop of one Rohingya shopkeeper – Abdul Sattar (48), son of Dilder HUssain- on August 9.”
After robbing goods from Abdul’s shop, Hluntin tortured severely and ran away by taking a local taxi. The Hluntin robbed goods from the shop worth about Kyat one million, said a close relative of the victim.
Ali Ahmed (31), son of Omor Hakim – a local taxi driver, was forced to send them to the former Nasaka Headquarters. They did not pay any taxi fare to the taxi driver and said to him that “We are security force for villagers,” according to a local businessman on condition of anonymity.
When asked to a police aide, he confirmed the event.
On the same day, security force (Hluntin) was reinforced in Maungdaw north.
In addition, a villager named Mohamed Salam (43), son of Salamat, hailed from Thay Chaung village was arrested by police nearby former Nasaka Headquarters gate while crossing it to go to Maungdaw to send a letter to his son who has been languishing in Sittwe jail. In the letter, they found that “the Nasaka was transferred and in placed of them “the Hluntin and police” were replaced. As a result, the victim was arrested and released after taking Kyat 5,000, said a local elder who did not name his name for security reason.